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Stoefflers presented Danny Ruehlow Award at telethon


Community volunteers Mary and Ken Stoeffler received the 14th annual Danny Ruehlow Award at this year’s Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon in Prairie du Chien. The award, presented by emcee Tom Nelson, is given each year by Don and Jean Ruehlow, whose son Danny died at age 15. Danny was an emcee on the telethon. (Photo by Randy Paske)

For their volunteer work in the community, Mary and Ken Stoeffler, of Prairie du Chien, were presented the Danny Ruehlow Award at the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon held Jan. 25.

Don and Jeanne Ruehlow, of Prairie du Chien, gave the annual award to the Stoefflers in memory of their son, Danny, who died at the age of 15 in December 2000 due to complications from a second bone marrow transplant in his fight against leukemia. Danny was a popular figure in Prairie du Chien and an emcee on the telethon. It was the 14th presentation of the award that recognizes caring and compassionate work in the community.

The award was presented by telethon emcee Tom Nelson in the Ruehlow’s absence because Jeanne Ruehlow had a kidney transplant at UW Hospital in Madison earlier in the week. She is now recuperating at home.

Don Ruehlow explained how the Stoefflers’ traits are very similar to Danny’s. They have showed compassion and volunteer to help others.

Wed
05
Feb

Settlement opens doors for new True Value

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council came out of closed session Tuesday night and passed the following motion:

“To approve the settlement between the City of Prairie du Chien and Redevelopment Authority versus Martin Rifken; Block 43, LLC; Madison Office Fund, LLC, and Thomas Gialamas, and further demand that the city and RDA be the final signators to the settlement, but delay the signing of the settlement until a development agreement between the city, the Redevelopment Authority, Nelson True Value & Agri-Center, Inc., and Marquette Hayden Property, LLC is executed, at which time both related documents shall be executed.”

Wed
05
Feb

Marquette Road project faces possible delay, city council discusses flood control

By Correne Martin
 
The Marquette Road project faces a possible delay if an agreement from the local railroad company regarding estimates for crossing work involved in the project is not submitted to the Department of Transportation very soon.

The Wisconsin DOT has moved the letting of bids for the Marquette Road project from Feb. 11 to March 11, because it is still waiting on the agreement from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for their work on a few crossings. During Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Prairie du Chien Common Council, City Administrator Aaron Kramer said that if the DOT receives the agreement from the railroad before March 11, the DOT would anticipate a late-April/May 1 start on the project. The DOT feels the project could still be completed in 2014 if this happens.

Wed
05
Feb

Public is invited to Chinese New Year Celebration


The lion costume will be worn and maneuvered by high school students in the Chinese program during Saturday’s Chinese New Year Celebration at 5 p.m. The lion costume was made of papier mache and embellished with second-hand fabrics in Prairie du Chien colors, bells and other decorations. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School’s Chinese program welcomes the public to celebrate the Chinese New Year Saturday, Feb. 8 with a special show involving the Zhong Yi Kung Fu performance troupe from Madison, as well as some of the local students providing interactive demonstrations. Doors will open for the Chinese New Year Celebration at 4:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 5. Tickets can be obtained at the door for a suggested donation of $1 each, with proceeds benefitting opportunities like this for the district’s Chinese program.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this in Prairie du Chien and we think it will be a good opportunity for the community to experience a new culture,” Chinese teacher Adam Stout said. “It’s affordable entertainment for families. There will be plenty of activities for young kids to enjoy, but the adults will be entertained too.”

Wed
05
Feb

Youth wrestling

Cael Koenig
Cael Koenig shoots a nice double leg on his Riverdale opponent.
Ryder Koenig
Ryder Koenig escapes from his Wauzeka opponent.
Chase Fisher
Chase Fisher breaks down his Wauzeka opponent on top.
Matt Rogge
Matt Rogge works an arm bar while controlling his opponent on top.
Zach Swiggum
Zach Swiggum explodes off the bottom for a one point escape.

 

Youth and Middle School wrestlers have big week

This past Saturday, the wrestlers in grades PreK-8th grade wrestled in Prairie du Chien’s youth wrestling tournament. There were close 50 participants from Prairie du Chien competing and the tournament had more than 210 participants total. Prairie du Chien breaks the wrestlers into three different age groups, there is the PreK-1 group, the 2-4 group and the 5-8 group. All of the wrestlers from PdC wrestled extremely hard and displayed great competitiveness and sportsmanship. All of the wrestlers from all schools received gold medals for their efforts.  

Wed
05
Feb

Hawkettes take eight place at recent state competition

Hawkettes at State
The Prairie du Chien Hawkettes are (in no particular order) Becky Welsch, Kelly Mezera, Lindsey Frazier, Alora Babb, Cali Collins, Brianna Herreid, Katie Zahara, Lindsey Ohlert, Stephanie Elmquist, Mariah Slaght, Katlyn Grondin, and MacKenzy Slaght. (Photo by Kelssi Copus)

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Prairie du Chien Hawkettes made their first ever Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Dance Competition appearance at the La Crosse Center.  

The girls performed in the Division 2 High Kick Category.  The team had earned their way to state by being one of the top three teams competing at the Southern Dance Regional competition. Three teams from each regional, western, eastern and southern, advanced to state.  

The team finished in eighth place overall at the state competition. 

Wed
05
Feb

The sport of skeleton

 

Let’s get to know Olympic skeleton

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Whooshing down an ice-covered track at more than 80 mph with your chin an inch above the ice while facing numerous treacherous twists and turns. This is just an inkling of what the winter sport of skeleton is all about. 

Mon
03
Feb

Tree of Life

dinosaur bone
This is a polished cross-section of femur bone from Diplodocus, a 90-foot long, 30-foot high, 28-ton herbivorous dinosaur from the Jurassic-age rocks of Utah’s desert. The museum-specimen bone has been replaced with gem-quality, blood-red agate and shows the spongy internal structure.

 

Where do you 

rank on the family tree of life?

By Phil Burgess

 

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03
Feb

Wrestlers beat Dodgeville

 

PdC-WS matmen victorious

On Saturday night, the PdC-WS wrestling team took on visiting Dodgeville in front of a packed crowd in the Prairie du Chien gymnasium. The Blackhawks came away victorious 57-18 in the final dual of the season. The Blackhawks finished tied for third in the conference behind Lancaster and River Valley. The seniors were honored before the start of the dual. The team has seven senior wrestlers and one senior manager. 

The following was a thought that was read to the seniors as they competed in their final competition in front of their home crowd:

Mon
03
Feb

Dodgeville over PdC girls

Dodgeville at PdC
Prairie’s Hayley Hemmer looks to score under the basket. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Dodgeville 

bests Prairie girls

Dodgeville bested host Prairie du Chien 47-41 Friday night in an SWC girls basketball clash. 

Dodgeville took the first period 17-14 and the second 8-6 to lead at halftime 25-20. 

Dodgeville increased the lead to 34-27 after three quarters. 

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